Let Freedom Ring

by APC on July 01, 2015

In just a few short days, we will celebrate the independence of our country. The United State of America will ring out celebratory exaltations about our Nation’s strength, power, and honor on July 4. Many lives were lost in our Nation’s fight for freedom, and in death we were awarded the freedom we have today.

Across the globe, freedom in any sense is becoming an exception and not the norm. Freedom—and or personal rights—is a coveted ideal for any human being. We desire to live how we want, make our own decisions, and have control of our lives during our earthly journey.

While freedom is a cherished paradigm in our physical existence, freedom is also something desired in our spiritual life. Whether we are aware or not, religious persecution is a very real and present issue in other countries. Many of our missionaries within the United Pentecostal Church, Incorporated, as well as other organizations, are in facing torture or execution. Missionaries sacrifice their wellbeing daily to spread the Gospel message to the world. They, as well as others, fight for religious freedom all for one reason—to save souls.

Missionaries, and their supporters, realize there is a freedom worth more than physical independence. This freedom is worth laying down a life and/or facing any kind of physical opposition to obtain. This most sought-after freedom isn’t earthly, but spiritual.

Scripture tells us in II Corinthians 3:17:

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty… (KJV).

The word liberty in this setting of Scripture is from the Greek word eleutheria, meaning freedom, especially freedom from slavery. Freedom of this nature does not compare to anything else this world can offer. This is a God-given freedom, not man-made.

We will not experience true freedom or liberty—by entering into God’s presence—without first establishing a relationship with Him. In His Word, God promised to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2:17). If we will humble ourselves and seek Him first above all things, we will all have the opportunity to experience this freedom any hour, and day, and at any point of our life.

We as Americans are not enslaved to any other Nation in the earthly realm, but we face another form of bondage in the spiritual realm. We were all born into a state of sin (Psalm 51:5) and were doomed to be enslaved to our sin. But, God robed Himself in flesh, came and dwelt among us, became all of our sins, and died on a cross so we could be free.

It is only with God that we experience true freedom. Through repentance and baptism in Jesus’ name for the remission of sins, we are promised God’s Spirit (the Holy Ghost) (Acts 2:38–39). We do not have to be a slave to our flesh—or even to the devil! Jesus has broken every chain and set us free!

Today, we live in a state of liberty and freedom. The world didn’t give us our freedom and the world, or any demonic presence, cannot take it away. Our goal today is “…to know the truth, and the truth shall make [us] free” (John 8:32, KJV). Once we’ve obtained truth, know God and His power, and have experienced the infilling of His Spirit, we need to let true freedom ring out to all the world. We have freedom in Jesus!